Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention (SPARR) Food Donations Program

Project Lead: Natali Ruiz
Sponsor: Student Parent Association for Recruitment and Retention
TGIF Grant: $11,691.2
Project Theme: Argiculture & Food Justice
Project Location: Berkeley, CA
Status: In Progress
Project Description: This project aims to combat food insecurity while promoting a zero waste policy, by implementing, via SPARR, a Food Donations program that delivers donated food items to student parents 4 times weekly at the UC Village. Since 2012, this program has revealed the astonishing amount of families struggling with food insecurity, as well as the emotional, psychological, and academic impacts this issue creates.

Mission Statement

The Green Initiative Fund (TGIF) provides funding for projects that reduce UC Berkeley's negative impact on the environment and make UC Berkeley more sustainable. TGIF will allocate funds to projects that promote sustainable modes of transportation, increase energy and water efficiency, restore habitat, promote environmental and food justice, and reduce the amount of waste created by UC Berkeley. Portions of the fund also support education and behavior change initiatives, student aid (via return to aid), and internships. TGIF is supported by student fees and administered through a student-majority committee and a program coordinator.